Hasmik Papian - Biography
The Armenian soprano Hasmik Papian graduated from “Komitas” High Academy in Yerevan first as a violinist, then as a singer. After her debut at the Armenian National Opera as Mimì, she was engaged as a soloist among others in Germany by Opera Bonn and Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf. Soon, she started an international career and has appeared since at numerous theaters, including the most prestigious operatic stages in world.
Her repertoire ranges from Donna Anna (DON GIOVANNI), Mathilde (GUILLAUME TELL), Rachel (LA JUIVE) and Micaëla (CARMEN), passing by Mimì (LA BOHÈME), Magda (LA RONDINE), TOSCA, SUOR ANGELICA, MADAM BUTTERFLY and Margareta/ Elena (MEFISTOFELE) to Lisa (THE QUEEN OF SPADES). It contains twelve Verdi-roles: LA TRAVIATA, Desdemona (OTELLO), AIDA, Leonora (IL TROVATORE and LA FORZA DEL DESTINO), Elisabetta (DON CARLO), Elena (I VESPRI SICILIANI), Amelia (SIMON BOCCANEGRA), Elvira (ERNANI), Abigaille (NABUCCO), Odabella (ATTILA) as well as the REQUIEM. A central part for her is NORMA; she has appeared in this role among others in Vienna, Stuttgart, Mannheim, Baltimore, Detroit, Denver and Washington, DC, at Teatro Regio in Turin, at Opéra de Marseille, at the festivals Chorégies d'Orange and Luglio Trapanese (Sicily), at Rotterdam De Doelen Concert House and at The Netherlands Opera Amsterdam. The Amsterdam production of NORMA has been released on DVD in October 2006 (opus arte).
The concert repertoire of the Armenian soprano ranges from Bach, Pergolesi, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven (9th Symphony) and Rossini to Brahms, Fauré, Britten and Strauss. Contemporary composers like Kancheli, Kilar, Terterian and Mansurian are part of her repertoire as well as Khatchaturian. She sings lieder from Schubert, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovitch. A substantial part of her solo recitals are dedicated to Armenian composers, especially Komitas. Together with pianist Vardan Mamikonian, she has recorded some 26 Armenian songs and some nine songs on German poems by Komitas which have been released on CD under the title “Hommage à Komitas” in September 2006 (AUDITE).
Hasmik Papian has sung at the Vienna State Opera (regularly since ten years), as well as the state operas of Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Berlin, at Deutsche Oper Berlin, at the opera theaters of Geneva and Zurich; Montpellier, Toulon and Nizza; at Auditorium Maurice Ravel in Lyon, at Festival de Carcassonne and at Opera La Bastille in Paris; at Vlaamse Opera Antwerpe/ Gent; at the Comunale of Bologna, the Massimo of Palermo, at Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome, at Ravenna Festival and La Scala of Milan; at the Real Madrid and at the Maestranza in Sevilla; at London Wigmore Hall; at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw; at the Marinskij St. Petersbourg; at New Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv; New Tokyo Opera; in Seoul; in Santiago de Chili; in Sao Paolo; at Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; at Cincinnati Opera Festival, San Francisco Opera, Carnegie Hall and regularly at the Metropolitan Opera New York to name just a few.
Hasmik Papian has appeared with many notable conductors – such as Maurizio Arena, Marcello Viotti, Jean-Claude Casadessus, Georges Prêtre, Michel Plasson, Leonard Slatkin, James Conlon, Myun Wun Chung, Riccardo Muti and Valerij Gergiev. Among her projects for the season 2006/2007 are Abigaïlle at the Semperoper of Dresden and at Opéra de Nice, NORMA in Portland, AIDA in Seoul and at the Liceu of Barcelona as well as solo recitals at London Wigmore Hall and Paris Salle Gaveau. Hasmik Papian lives in Vienna, Austria.
(Last update: October 2006)
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